New edition published December 2019

The DRBF Manual is an authoritative explanation of the Dispute Board process and serves as a reference guide for users of the process worldwide. This guide updates the DRBF’s previous manual and explains practices and procedures that have evolved in the application of DBs. Fundamentals of successful DBs and their important role in both avoiding and resolving disputes on large and complex projects are laid out, with special attention to best practices learned.


    This section provides the foundation for parties considering the use of a DB for their contracts. It introduces the DB process, explains essential elements, discusses the benefits, and provides general guidance on the use of a DB. The process is also put into context with other forms of alternative dispute resolution processes.


    Describes DB procedures to help parties employ the process effectively. Qualities and attributes of Dispute Board members is explored. The DRBF Code of Ethical Conduct is addressed, with an explanation of the required ethical conduct underlying each Canon and some practical guidelines to assist DB members in complying.


    The types of Dispute Boards are addressed, with guidelines for effective contract documents and an overview of costs and fees in various locations and conditions. This section also explores the use of DBs in FIDIC contracts, and the complexities for Public Private Partnership contracts.


    Guidelines for DB operations including nomination and appointment of DB members, referral of disputes, hearing procedures, implementation of the DB’s findings, and the review, termination or renewal of the board.

DRBF Manual 2019

The Dispute Board Manual is available for free download using the link above. Apple users should sync to iBooks, and PC users can sync to the reader application of their choice. It is also available in hard copy via print on-demand at your favorite online bookseller (such as Amazon, Angus & Robertson, Indigo or others). A Kindle version is also available for purchase, and is the same as the file available for free download here, although syncing to your Kindle may be easier for some users. Local bookstores and libraries may also be able to order the book utilizing the ISBN number, which can be sent upon request.